Antibacterial resistance is extremely significant in Veterinary Medicine, especially in the management of livestock and disease. The control and use of antibiotics by veterinarians is very important and becomes increasingly difficult with the rise in drug-resistant bacteria, known as Superbugs. I am interested in the potential of this research to not only save human lives but also to provide more effective treatment of disease in the veterinary profession.
The study by David Brenner, a radiation scientist, reveals the potential for superbugs to be targeted without causing damage to the patient. With superbugs killing hundreds of thousands of people world wide in recent years and the concern that this will reach 10 million by 2050, advancements in this field are invaluable.
His work involved the study of a certain wavelength of ultra-violet light, called Far-UVC. He highlighted the fact that we are able to kill all microbes with ultra-violet light. However, the use of ultra-violet radiation to directly treat patients is not suitable due to the damage it causes to living cells. In his research, he discovered that a particular wavelength of ultra-violet, Far-UVC, light was able to kill bacteria without penetrating and therefore damaging the skin cells.